2008-01-25 / Community

Sentenced To 7 Years For 2004 Teen Murders

Jalah Knight Convicted Of Two Murders AWeek After Getting Out Of Prison
By Nicholas Briano

Jalah Knight faced his fate this week in Queens Supreme Court as he received his sentence for the brutal 2004 murder of two Far Rockaway teenagers.

Knight reportedly listened impassively as he was sentenced to seven years in prison, according to a spokesperson for Queens District Attorney, Richard Brown.

In addition he faces more prison time on additional counts arising from the shootings, and is due back in court in the coming weeks.

Knight's story dates back to January 2004, when police arrested him for fatally shooting Rashad Peppers, 17, and Frank Francsois, 16 and critically injuring Shawn Jones, 17, who eventually survived after an extended hospital stay.

The violence took place outside a house on Beach 15 Street, in Far Rockaway where the victims were guests at a party. Court records show that Knight, who lived at nearby 707 Beach 9 Street, was out of prison for less than ten days, after serving a sentence on a rape conviction, when he crashed the party and committed the murders.

Sources said at the time that the shootings occurred at around 10 p.m. on January 3, 2004, when Knight got into an altercation with the victims outside the house party held by a Far Rockaway teenage girl for her birthday.

According to the Queens District Attorney's Office, Knight is no stranger to law enforcement officials. His prior arrests and convictions include marijuana possession, two separate weapons possession convictions, and rape. He was released from prisonon December 26, 2003 and was barely on the streets when he opened fire at the party.

Knight, who was 25 at the time of his arrest, was charged in the shooting for second degree murder, attempted murder of Jones, assault, weapons possession, and reckless endangerment. He was initially held without bail and was facing 50 years to life in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney.

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